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What if they gave a party and nobody came?(7 posts)

What if they gave a party and nobody came?4bykn
Oct 23, 2001 6:19 AM
OK, who attended the Hilly Hundred in Bloomington last weekend? We tried to have a bit of a get-together at the campground, but I guess nobody saw the message on the board there. Anybody who considered going and didn't missed a great ride. Weather was great (after 6:30 am Saturday), the hills were challenging, at least for a flatlander. I rode with one forum member, and met one other, had hoped to meet others, but alas. And if anybody remembers a friendly little wager made here a couple months ago, I WON!!!
I was therertolle
Oct 23, 2001 7:48 AM
I was there but there was no camping in cascades so I didn't see anyone. I live in b-town because I go to IU. They really know how to screw up the roads, i.e. the forest. They tore that up about a month ago, it was perfectly good road at the time and now it's a patch and fill. Bull$hit if you ask me. They ruined about 5 of the best rides around this town. I was not as impressed as I was the previous years.
camping was moved4bykn
Oct 23, 2001 8:25 AM
The campsites were to the west(I think) of the HS football field, in a freshly mowed pasture. Not real pleasant, unless you liked spiders and little 1 inch diameter stumps all over the place.
My group road the 40 on Saturday, and avoided all the fresh pavement. The roads were much better. We also were stuck in a really heavy bit of bike traffic and most all of that went the way of the 50, so we also avoided a great deal of traffic.
You are local there, do you know anything about the accident on the first climb on Saturday? Seemed potentially serious, a lot of police, ambulance, firetruck around.
Oct 23, 2001 12:45 PM
The accident:

Yeah, that was sad...a somber sight at the start of a ride. Sounds like the Hilly people never even knew about it. It looked like a rider got hit. What I know for sure is that she was sitting up and talking as we passed. Thank goodness she was conscious and everthing. Still sad.

Yup...I was there. I'm a glutton for punishment. Amazingly, my knee held out for 20+ miles. (I was secretly hoping to do 90 miles.) But the 32.5 that I completed were fun. I sagged at the 3rd rest stop. I must say, sagging is almost as fun as riding. Really! It took 2.5 hours to get back to the start, during which I met many riders, watched many riders, and rescued a few riders from an overly affectionate and well salivated Golden Retreiver.

The campsite! Bad, bad, bad! Probably mowed just the day before; displacing many creepy-crawly things who took up residence in my shelter.
Bloomington?Gus Riley
Oct 23, 2001 12:18 PM
Bloomington where? Illinois?
Couldn't call it the hilly...4bykn
Oct 23, 2001 10:58 PM
if it was Bloomington, ILL. Was in Bloomington, IN. I live in Bloomington, ILL (actually Normal) and the only hills here are interstate overpasses. No where for me to train properly for the Hilly!
I was there.slanham
Oct 23, 2001 4:23 PM
I rode the 50 both days but I stayed in the Quality Inn and rode at about 7:30 each morning so it wasn't very crowded. I heard from a helper there that 2 people died from heart problems on the ride so that might have been what you saw. I had a great time, but I was also ticked about the 'repaving' of one of the nicest parts of the ride (except for the hill). Had a great time with some budies and beers.